PA Senate citation honors Penn College Police lieutenant

Published 02.02.2023

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Pennsylvania College of Technology Police Lt. David C. Pletz on Thursday was presented with a citation from the state Senate for his actions in the line of duty in September, when he was fired upon while responding to an off-campus incident on Vine Avenue.

The citation, presented during a Penn College Board of Directors meeting, was sponsored by state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-23rd District, who also serves as board chair.



Penn College Police Lt. David C. Pletz is honored with a Pennsylvania Senate citation by Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the college’s Board of Directors. Pletz’s actions assisted in the swift apprehension of a suspect who had fired a handgun at him multiple times. The off-campus incident took place on Sept. 28.The citation references an earlier honor accorded to Pletz – a Silver Star for Bravery from the National Association of Chiefs of Police – and notes that Pletz’s actions on Sept. 28 led to the swift apprehension of the assailant, who faces criminal charges for firing multiple rounds from a 9 mm handgun at Pletz.

The 25-year police veteran took cover behind his vehicle before radioing immediately for assistance and then pursuing the suspect, providing a description and his precise whereabouts during the chase. The assailant was taken into custody a short time later by Penn College Police Chief Chris Miller, acting on the information provided by Pletz.

Yaw gratefully shakes hands with Pletz during Thursday's Penn College Board of Directors meeting.The citation states: “Whereas, By adhering to the highest ideals of law enforcement in maintaining, preserving and protecting the lawful rights of all citizens, Lieutenant Pletz has helped to enhance the quality of life in the community. He truly stands as a role model for all those who aspire to a career in law enforcement.”

“On behalf of the Senate of Pennsylvania, I am proud to join with the entire Penn College campus community to honor the heroism of Lt. Pletz,” Yaw said. “We applaud him and thank him for his exceptional service.”

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